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May 25, 2011

At A Glance

Bissell receives AAMC Outstanding Service Award

Linda Bissell, director of student financial services in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, received the Outstanding Service Award at the spring meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Central Region Group on Student Affairs (CGSA) in Cleveland.

The award honors Bissell's leadership, service and accomplishment in the field of medical student administration. As a member of the CGSA Steering Committee, she served two years as an at-large member, three years as regional representative to the AAMC's Committee on Student Financial Assistance, and four years as a member of the CGSA leadership team, serving as vice chair, chair-elect, chair and past-chair.

Bissell has more than 30 years of experience in medical student affairs at the UI, including seven in medical admissions prior to accepting her current position.

She is the second UI Carver College of Medicine administrator to receive the Outstanding Service Award after the CGSA initiated the honor in 2004. Jean Lantz, former UI Carver College of Medicine registrar, received the award in 2006.


Bender named UI coordinator of alcohol harm reduction initiatives
Kelly Bender has been named to a newly created position as the coordinator of campus and community alcohol harm reduction initiatives for the University of Iowa. Tom Rocklin, UI vice president for Student Life, announced the appointment this week.
Bender's primary duties will include coordinating the implementation of the UI Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan and chairing the planning group for the Partnership for Alcohol Safety, a joint project of the UI and the City of Iowa City.
Prior to her new appointment, Bender worked for eight years for MECCA Services of Iowa City, most recently as a substance abuse prevention manager but also as a school-based outreach counselor and as a project coordinator. She has also worked as a specialist for the Johnson County Juvenile Court and with Youth Homes Inc. (now Four Oaks) of Iowa City. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the UI and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport.


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